#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Archive for August, 2009

Good News and Baked Spaghetti

I’m loving this book–“The Texas McKettricks: Tate”–it’s among my best, but it’s been a long, hard pull, too, for reasons that have nothing to do with the book itself. I expect to be finished in a week, and zooming right on into book 2: “Garrett”. These Texas McKettricks are something else, and so are their ladies.

Picture me downstairs in my office yesterday afternoon, writing away, Bernicie behind me in her dog bed, and Sadie upstairs, snoozing in the kitchen. (She stays close to the kitchen in the daytime, just in case someone should suddenly relax the Sadie-food rules. :))

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I’m always going on about zinnias–and they ARE beautiful–but it occurs to me that I might have given dahlias short shrift in the process. Three giant lavender blossoms grace my table as I write this–I did not intend to cut them, but (gardening lesson #422), the larger varieties need to be staked because they become top heavy and the stems break. They make a very nice cut flower anyway, and you can bet I’ll be adding dahlias next year. These are growing in a pot; when the season is over, I will transfer the bulbs to the flowerbed and mulch

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Though the term “stick ’em up” is widely used in Western films, it wasn’t actually coined until the 1930’s.